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Political Notes: Counter-Programming Oprah

6/14/2022 | Josh Kurtz

Maryland Matters

At roughly the same time Moore and Winfrey will be having a conversation about “leadership and the challenges families in Maryland are facing,” in the campaign’s words, former U.S. Education Secretary John King and his running mate, Women’s Law Center of Maryland Executive Director Michelle Siri are hosting a virtual town hall on protecting women’s rights in the post-Roe era. The King campaign said the town hall would focus on what can be done at the state and federal levels to protect and expand abortion access if the U.S. Supreme Court, as expected, strikes down the protections in the 49-year-old Roe v. Wade decision.

Joining King and Siri will be Heather Mizeur, the former state lawmaker who is running for Congress in the 1st District, and Salisbury City Councilmember Michele Gregory, who is seeking a state Senate seat on the Lower Shore. The conversation will be moderated by Lily Bolourian, executive director for Pro-Choice Maryland Action, the abortion rights group that has endorsed King for governor.

On Tuesday the King campaign was also touting a new endorsement: from the progressive advocacy group Our Revolution Maryland. The endorsement is the latest in a recent string for the campaign, which also includes last week’s backing from the Sierra Club.